Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Two Freight Forwarding and Logistics Groups Partner Up to Extend Chinese Offerings

Established Already in the Region, Both Believe Mutual Cooperation Will Extend Their Service Capabilities
Shipping News Feature

CHINA – The U-Freight Group (UFL), which began life forty five years ago as a small, independent, Hong Kong based freight forwarding outfit has developed into a global operation with wholly owned subsidiaries stretching across seventeen countries. The heart of the operation however has always remained in China where it maintains dedicated cargo teams in twenty major cities. Now, however the company has signed up to a new partnership with China Air Express Co Ltd (CAE).

Having held an initial signing ceremony at UFL's recent global conference in Hong Kong, the two companies are now finalising plans for the co-operation, which will focus on B2B cargo deliveries, within a 12-72 hour time-frame. The initiative intends to explore how each partner can utilise their respective service portfolios to expand coverage for customers and deliver a wider range of international and domestic freight operations.

Based in Beijing, China Air Express was established in 1996 and is an express courier company with a national network covering cities all over China. The company operates six distribution centres in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xian and Shenyang, with Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou as its regional gateways and provides time definite services to customers, including express courier, charter flights, packing, warehousing, logistics, bonded trucks, as well as the transport of dangerous goods and live animals.

Both partners claim to have considerable experience of working for the world's top 500 companies across different industrial sectors and expect that this new agreement will generate considerable business from these sources. Whilst CAE says it can enhance its current service portfolio of time expeditious international freight and logistics offerings, UFL believes it will benefit from CAE’s presence by further enhancing its own operational strengths in China, where its network includes multiple facilities in most of the country's key trade gateways, operating under a number of brands, each servicing different trades, or types of industry.

Photo: An Aerial view of a small part of Beijing’s highway network.